Events, Meetings & Announcements


Beaver Summit 2016: Part II

Feb. 6 - Blue Heron - 3pm

Part II of the Blue Heron Nature Preserve's Beaver Summit 2016, join panelists from the previous discussion on the benefits and challenges of living with beavers in urban areas on a walk through the Blue Heron wetlands. Participants will learn more about Blue Heron's urban beaver project and learn specific techniques and strategies for living with beavers. For more information and registration, visit the Blue Heron Nature Preserve website.

Parks by the People: Park Visioning and Participatory Design

Feb. 10 - Webinar - 2pm

Many park agencies and nonprofits invite community input on park master plans, but Park Pride goes one step further with its Park Visioning Program. Panelists will discuss Park Pride’s model of facilitated dialogue and a public engagement process that treats communities as design experts and outline strategies that will help other organizations develop their own guidelines. For more information and to register, visit the City Parks Alliance website.

Parks Atlanta Rescue Coalition Meeting

Feb. 10 - Anderson Park - 7:30am

On the second Wednesday of every month at 7:30am, Park Pride brings together community leaders and park advocates from throughout Atlanta for education, networking and strategy. Representatives from dozens of Friends of the Park Groups, park conservancies and the parks department visit a different park to learn more about the community efforts in that park, discuss current park and greenspace issues and support each other in efforts to improve our parks and our park system. In February, we'll meet at the Police Athletic League (PAL) building (120 Anderson Ave NW, Atlanta, GA 30314) in Anderson Park.

Goal Setting & Leadership Development for Your Park

Feb. 18 - Coan Park Rec. Center - 6pm

This workshop offers an opportunity for your Friends of the Park group to start the new year strong. Ayanna Williams, Park Pride's Director of Community Building will lead a discussion about setting S.M.A.R.T. goals and the resources available to help achieve them, and also how to identify, engage and retain community leadership. This workshop is appropriate for both new and established Friends of the Park groups. You do not need to be a member of a Friends of the Park group to attend this workshop. Cost: $5/person. Register today: http://bit.ly/1SdYjLY

Next South Conference & Career Fair

Feb. 26 - The Biltmore - 8 am

Generation Green and the Georgia Conservancy present NEXT SOUTH - the largest conference in the Southeast dedicated to inspiring and empowering future leaders seeking careers in sustainability and corporate responsibility. This is a full day conference of speakers and panels featuring a who's who list of industry luminaries plus a career fair with top companies seeking talent for internship and career opportunities. For more information and to register, visit the Next South website.

Parks Atlanta Rescue Coalition Meeting

March 9 - Oakland Cemetery - 7:30am

On the second Wednesday of every month at 7:30am, Park Pride brings together community leaders and park advocates from throughout Atlanta for education, networking and strategy. Representatives from dozens of Friends of the Park Groups, park conservancies and the parks department visit a different park to learn more about the community efforts in that park, discuss current park and greenspace issues and support each other in efforts to improve our parks and our park system. In March, we'll meet at Oakland Cemetery (248 Oakland Ave SE, Atlanta, GA 30312) from 7:30 - 9 a.m.

Day of Play at Arabia Mountain

March 19 - Arabia Mountain - 9am

Wanna play? Venture out to Arabia Mountain for a day of engaging outdoor play with Park Pride, DeKalb County, Outdoor Afro and the Arabia Alliance in conjunction with the 15th Annual Parks and Greenspace Conference, Parks & Play: A Conversation for All Ages. Play in the forests, up on the mountain outcrops, bike along the 30 mile Arabia Mountain PATH system, explore ruins, geocache, take a laughter yoga hike, plus many self-guided activities such as scavenger hunts and rock/boulder stacking. Make a plan or declare free play from 9am - 3pm! Friends and dogs are welcome. Please picnic and dress appropriately for the day’s weather. Questions? Contact Ayanna Williams, Park Pride's Director of Community Building at ayanna@parkpride.org. And please register for this FREE event, just to let us know you'll be there!

PLAY Chastain Opening!

March 19 - Chastain Park - 2pm

Four years in the making, a playground unlike any other in Atlanta is about to open at Chastain Park. Fourty-thousand square feet of play space spread over six acres of tree-lined, hilly terrain, envisioned by children. It is designed to challenge them to use their muscles as well as their imaginations. From a gentle area for tots to challenging experiences for teens, the playground calls out for children to come, play hard and visit again, soon. In conjunction with Park Pride's 15th Annual Parks and Greenspace Conference, Parks & Play: A Conversation for All Ages, on March 21st, the ribbon cutting celebration will take place at the Chastain Park playground on Saturday, March 19th at 2pm. But please come before that and play all day!

15th Annual Parks and Greenspace Conference

March 21 - Atlanta Botanical Garden - 8am

Parks and public spaces are places where the community comes together to play. The 15th Annual Parks and Greenspace Conference, themed Parks & Play: A Conversation for All Ages, will explore the connection between parks and play and offer a diverse array of local and national perspectives on cultivating a strong relationship between parks, play and a community's well-being. Registration is now open.